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Let's Fix David Henneberry's Boat (That Got Ruined in the Boston Bomber's Standoff)!

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$50,597.50
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Tilted at [?] $2,500
Target at $50,000
Let's Fix David Henneberry's Boat (That Got Ruined in the Boston Bomber's Standoff)!
Craig Dunlap started the campaign

***UPDATE: I'm speechless -- we've passed $10,000! Your support for Dave, an everyday man who found a terror suspect and had his beloved boat destroyed in the process, is AMAZING. The nation is watching now! Let's not forget that the real goal is to raise $50,000 to fully replace/restore Dave's boat! Let's keep the outpouring of support for Dave, I really believe we can do this!!!

 

Yesterday, the Boston Police heroically found the missing suspect behind the tragic Marathon Bombing. Thank God we got him! But unfortunately he was hiding in Watertown resident David Henneberry's boat, which was riddled with bullet holes in the standoff.

Let's pool some money for repairs! I'm putting in $500 myself to start this off. David's a modern American hero. The boat will probably be held up as evidence for some time, so if we're able to get up to $50,000 then he'll be able to get a brand new boat!

For more details, check out this ABC News story about the damages to David's boat.

UPDATE: Crowdtilt's Twitter account confirms that this is for real!

 

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***UPDATE: I'm speechless -- we've passed $10,000! Your support for Dave, an everyday man who found a terror suspect and had his beloved boat destroyed in the process, is AMAZING. The nation is watching now! Let's not forget that the real goal is to raise $50,000 to fully replace/restore Dave's boat! Let's keep the outpouring of support for Dave, I really believe we can do this!!!

 

Yesterday, the Boston Police heroically found the missing suspect behind the tragic Marathon Bombing. Thank God we got him! But unfortunately he was hiding in Watertown resident David Henneberry's boat, which was riddled with bullet holes in the standoff.

Let's pool some money for repairs! I'm putting in $500 myself to start this off. David's a modern American hero. The boat will probably be held up as evidence for some time, so if we're able to get up to $50,000 then he'll be able to get a brand new boat!

For more details, check out this ABC News story about the damages to David's boat.

UPDATE: Crowdtilt's Twitter account confirms that this is for real!

 

 
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My friends: MISSION ACCOMPLISHED! I have final confirmation that our friends at Crowdtilt have paid out the full amount of the funds we've all collected here -- a whopping $50,597.50 -- directly to David!!!

According to a close relative of his, who helped us organize the transfer of funds, he has been truly moved by the outpouring of support from this campaign. She said that "he still can't believe all of this happened", and "he's beside himself with all of this unbelievable kindness from all over." Although I haven't spoken to David directly, he also wrote a letter thanking the supporters for their generosity. It's included in this blog post: http://blog.crowdtilt.com/post/49514750681/a-crowdfunded-tribute-for-a-hero-america-bought-dave

I don't even know what to say. Even a few weeks after this groundswell of support, I'm touched beyond belief. We all came together, out of concern for our fellow man and fellow American, to help out David Henneberry in his time of need. We offered our hands to support his family, after they unluckily found themselves at the center of this tragic situation. And we actually did it -- alongside an amazing donation by Boston Whaler. 

In his note, David said: "It is because of friends like you, that my wife and I hope to be back out on the water sooner rather than later." You should all give yourselves a big pat on the back, as we've truly done something wonderful for this humble man :). 

I'll try my best to stay in touch with his family, along with Crowdtilt's help, and give updates as they come! Again -- thank you all so much for helping this happen. I'll remember it forever.

UPDATE

***MAJOR UPDATE: We have received an INCREDIBLE donation from the Boston Whaler boat company, matching the funds donated by our community so far to get to our $50,000 goal!!! WE DID IT!!! I'm completely speechless, and this is a modern technological miracle: people from all over the nation -- and the globe -- coming together to build support for Dave and his family. He was unexpectedly thrown into the national spotlight after helping the Watertown Police find the terror suspect (and unfortunately having his beloved boat destroyed in the process). He deserves this outpouring of support, and it brings a tear to my eye to see it happening right here!!!!!

Even if you only put in $1, you're a part of the historic good deed that we've all done here. But a very special thanks goes to Boston Whaler for their above-and-beyond generous donation, and here's a note directly from them that I would like to share with y'all:

"On behalf of Boston Whaler and the many boat brands of the Brunswick Corporation, our employees, supplier partners and dealers worldwide, we would like to offer our contribution to the Crowdtilt community seeking to replace the boat that David Henneberry recently lost during the Boston Marathon tragedy. We will also be making an additional contribution to OneFundBoston.org for the support of all victims of the Boston bombings, their families, the first responders and the Boston community.

As a leader in the marine industry, we understand and appreciate the passion boaters have for their time on the water, and we hope that Mr. Henneberry will be back out on the water soon.

With this donation, we believe Crowdtilt will reach or exceed its stated goal of $50,000. We at Brunswick also support whatever decision Mr. Henneberry makes regarding the money raised on Crowdtilt.

We encourage all those concerned to direct any further donations to OneFundBoston.org as well. Our thoughts are with David, all those directly affected by the Boston bombings, the city of Boston and the nation as a whole."

I still can't believe that this is all happening. Again, thank you all SO MUCH for the truly amazing support you've shown for Dave. We've done something very special here by showing the power of our American community when we join together, and I'll be remembering this for a very very long time :)

- Craig
UPDATE

I'm speechless -- we've all raised more than $10,000 to help David and his family!!! This man, who helped the Watertown Police capture the bombing suspect (and had his boat destroyed in the process), deserves such an amazing outpouring of support. And judging by the press attention, the nation is watching this campaign page climb...

Here are some answers to questions I've been receiving:

Many people are asking about the $50,000 reward prize that the FBI promised to anyone who gave information that led to the suspect's capture. I don't have any information on whether Dave will get that reward or not... but even if he does, that's a separate issue from his broken boat. If he even gets a reward, that's not meant as a boat repair or replacement fund.

From the Massachusetts' Attorney General site, it seems that the police department is unlikely to compensate Dave for his boat or replace it. It's not in their general policy without a medical injury. We also have no information on the boat's insurance, but I doubt that "riddled with bullet holes from a police shootout" is a very common insurance claim :)

There are a number of reports of companies or wealthy people offering to replace David's boat by themselves. Even if something like this ends up happening, I think it makes sense to get the funds to David anyway to do with them as he sees fit. Whether it's fixing his broken fence or giving to a charity for those injured by the attacks, I think it should be his choice.

And on a lighter note: if you're curious about the name of his boat: Boston Magazine says it's called the "Slip Away II"! I think it's about time for a "Slip Away III"...

Thank you everyone for your massive support so far!!!
UPDATE

Hey everyone! I can't believe that we've crossed $6000... this is such an amazing outpouring of support for David. I'm so proud to be a part of it with y'all!

Our campaign has even been lucky enough to get some great news coverage from Bloomberg News, Yahoo News, and Buzzfeed.

But most importantly: let's keep going and get our friends to support David in this tough time for him and his family. Every little bit counts. Let's get him a new boat!
UPDATE

***UPDATE: Wow, we've reached $2,800!! But don't forget that the REAL goal is to raise $50,000 to fully replace/restore David's Boat! Keep it going guys! I have no doubt we can do this together. Thank you for uniting to support an American hero!!!
UPDATE

Wow, thank you everyone! The support for David so far has been amazing.

The Crowdtilt team has been in touch with me, and they've confirmed that they will be able to handle the disbursements of the funds directly to David himself. So let's keep going, and fix this hero's boat!!!
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